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Evidence, Inference and Enquiry$
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Philip Dawid, William Twining, and Mimi Vasilaki

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264843

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264843.001.0001

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Classifying Forms and Combinations of Evidence: Necessary in a Science of Evidence*

Classifying Forms and Combinations of Evidence: Necessary in a Science of Evidence*

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(p.10) (p.11) 2 Classifying Forms and Combinations of Evidence: Necessary in a Science of Evidence*
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Evidence, Inference and Enquiry
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DAVID SCHUM

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264843.003.0002

This chapter shows how necessary it is for any science, including a science of evidence, to be able to classify phenomena of interest. It presents an evidence classification scheme that is ‘substance blind’, meaning that the classes of individual items of evidence identified are recurrent and apply regardless of the substance or content of the evidence. There are also substance-blind combinations of evidence that are also recurrent. The chapter shows how substance-blindness occurs as a matter of course involving concepts encountered throughout science, logic, and mathematics.

Keywords:   evidence, classification scheme, substance-blindness

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